• Literacy needs evolve. We innovate.

    Literacy—the center of all learningserves as the foundation for students' success in the classroom and as members of society. Instilling literacy skills in your students is essential for them to meet the challenges of learning, communicating, and problem-solving in today's world.

    With a Master of Arts in Literacy Education from Hamline, you will:

    • Gain a foundation in the theoretical and practical bases of effective 21st-century literacy instruction, including critical and digital literacy.
    • Develop the expertise needed to enrich the literacy learning of diverse students across developmental levels, academic disciplines, and social and cultural contexts.
    • Become an advocate for literacy through a comprehensive understanding of literacy development, process, and instruction.

    Program Overview

    Program delivery

    • Online or on-campus offerings 

    Program start

    • Fall, winter/spring, or summer term

    Time to Complete

    • Approximately 24 months


    • 34 credits (24 core and 10 elective) 


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    A variety of scholarships and discounts are available to MA-Literacy Education students.

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    alumni discount

    Hamline alumni of both undergraduate and master's degree programs are eligible to receive a 10% tuition discount when they enroll in any School of Education master's or doctoral program. 

    Transfer Credits

    Up to five semester credits of graduate coursework from an outside institution or up to 10 credits of graduate coursework from Hamline taken before admission may be used to fulfill elective requirements. (Five of the ten elective credits need to have a literacy focus.)

    Learning Outcomes

    The purpose of learning outcomes at Hamline University is to ensure that our mission and values are realized in what our graduating students know, value, and can do. View all learning outcomes for Master of Arts in Literacy Education.


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  • State Eligibility and Complaint Process

    Hamline University, like all higher education institutions, must follow individual state regulations before enrolling students outside of Minnesota in its online programs. Hamline can enroll students residing in most states, but please confirm whether your state is among the eligible states.   

    Hamline University is committed to providing outstanding online education. If you have a question, concern, or complaint about your online education experience at Hamline, please review our complaint process for online education at Hamline.